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12th (Otago) Mounted Rifles
Active 1911 - 1921
Country New Zealand
Allegiance New Zealand Crown
Branch New Zealand Army
Role Mounted
Size Regiment
Part of New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade
Engagements World War I

The 12th (Otago) Mounted Rifles was formed 17 March 1911. During World War I they formed part of the Otago Mounted Rifle Regiment and saw service during the Battle of Gallipoli, afterwards they were withdrawn to Egypt and later were the only New Zealand Mounted troops to serve in France with the New Zealand Division.

Great War Battles[edit | edit source]

Between the wars[edit | edit source]

They amalgamated with the 5th Mounted Rifles (Otago Hussars) and the 7th (Southland) Mounted Rifles to become the 5th New Zealand Mounted Rifles in 1921.[1][2]

References[edit | edit source]

Further reading[edit | edit source]

  • Don MacKay, The Troopers’ Tale: The History of the Otago Mounted Rifles, ISBN 978-0-473-20462-4

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